Boris Kern, PhD

Research fellow, assistant professor, Researcher in the project of compiling eSSKJ



+386 1 470 61 69

boris.kern@zrc-sazu.si

Novi trg 4 (1st floor)



Researcher's IDs
32204 (ARRS)

Boris Kern (4 January 1983) is a researcher at the Lexicological Section of the Fran Ramovš Institute for the Slovene Language. He deals with questions of modern lexicology and lexicography, word formation, semantics and orthography. He introduced Multistage Word Formation methodology into Slovenian linguistics and presented it in his scientific monograph The Multistage Word Formation (Case study of the Verbs of Sense Perception, 2017), which was published by ZRC Publishing House. From 2021 he is also a member of the Commission on Word-Formation of the International Committee of Slavists and a leader of the basic research project Formant Combinatorics in Slovenian. From 2021 he is also a member of the Commission on Word-Formation of the International Committee of Slavists and a leader of the basic research project Formant Combinatorics in Slovenian.

As a researcher he participated in the preparation of the third edition of the Dictionary of the Slovene Standard Language (eSSKJ) and School Dictionary of the Slovenian Language, and between 2017 and 2020 he was also involved in the compiling of the new orthographic dictionary ePravopis. He was co-author of the Dictionary of New Slovenian Words (2012) and the 2nd, revised edition of the Dictionary of the Slovenian Standard Language (2014). He is interested in the social aspect of both language and lexicography, especially from the perspective of various vulnerable groups. He is co-organizer of the Conference on Disability Terminology (2018). He has many years of experience in teaching Slovene as a second and foreign language, which he also uses in research. He also participates in the project Le z drugimi smo, in which the training of pedagogical staff in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, etc. tries to break down stereotypes among the participants and contribute to improve the integration of immigrant children. From 2010 to 2018 he was a member of the Commission for Slovenian language examinations, and from 2013 to 2018 he was a member of the group for the preparation of tasks for the Exams of Slovene as a second and foreign language. He was invited to give lectures at several national and international universities (Krakow, Łódź, Warsaw, Katowice, Graz, Maribor, Nova Gorica). He also translates from Polish (he translated Michał Witkowski's novel Lubiewo into Slovenian) and is learning Slovenian sign language and Persian.

Research Areas

  • lexicology and lexicography
  • word formation
  • neologisms in Slovenian language
  • orthography
  • language counselling
  • queer linguistics
  • Slovenian language as a foreign and second language

Education, Academic and Scientific Titles

  • 2019: lecturer of Slovenian
  • 2018: research fellow, ZRC SAZU, Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language
  • 2017: assistant professor of the Slovenian Language and research fellow, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
  • 2016: MA in Polish Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
  • 2014: PhD: Slovarski pomen stopenjskih tvorjenk glagolov čutnega zaznavanja (The Lexical Meaning of Mulstistage Derivatives from Verbs of Sense Perception) (Supervisors: prof. dr. Andreja Žele, prof. dr. Ada Vidovič Muha)
  • 2008: MA in Slovenian Linguistics and Comparative Slavic Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
  • 2001: matura exam, Srednješolski center Rudolfa Maistra, Kamnik

Employments, Leadership Positions and Competences

Employments:

  • 2017–: ZRC SAZU, Fran Ramovš Institut of the Slovenian Language
  • 2017–: temporary employment, University Apeiron, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 2018–: temporary employment, Faculty of Humanities, University of Nova Gorica
  • 2018–2019: temporary employment, Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor
  • 2015–2016: Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
  • 2014–2015: Faculty of Philology, University of Lodz, Poland
  • 2009–2013: ZRC SAZU, Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language
  • 2008–2018: temporary employment, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

Leadership Positions:

  • 2021–: leader of the basic research project Formant Combinatorics in Slovenian
  • 2019–: leader of groups for word formation and for normative studies in the eSSKJ project
  • 2014–2015: leader of Slovenian studies programme at Faculty of Philology, University of Lodz

Supervision:

  • BA and MA theses supervision: Petra Kovač (University of Nova Gorica), Suzana Labazan (University of Ljubljana)

Other Experience:

  • visits and guest lectures: Zagreb (2011, 2015), Krakov (2012), Gradec (2017), Varšava (2018), Lodž (2018)

Work in Editorial Boards and Expert Commissions

  • 2021–: member of the Commission on Word-Formation of the International Committee of Slavists
  • 2020–2021: member of the programme and organization board of the international conference Challenges of Slavic Studies in the 21st Century, Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor
  • 2019–: member of the editorial board of the Kamniški zbornik
  • 2018: member of the organization board of the Conference on Disability Terminology, ZRC SAZU, Fran Ramovš Institut of the Slovenian Language
  • 2013–2018: member of the Commission for Slovenian language examinations, Centre for Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
  • 2010–2018: member of the group for the preparation of tasks for the Exams of Slovene as a second and foreign language, Centre for Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

Outstanding Achievements, Awards and Grants

  • 2021: grant recipient, 49. Zagreb linguistic school
  • 2020: invited lecture at the international scientific conference Word and the Sentence in Slavonic languages, Institute of Slavic Philology, University of Wrocław, Poland
  • 2019: invited lecture at the international scientific conference Polish-Slovenian intercultural dialogue, Faculty of Humanities, Katowice, University of Silesia
  • 2018: member of the organization board of the Conference on Disability Terminology, ZRC SAZU, Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language
  • 2018: lecture at the International Congress of Slavists, Belgrade, Serbia
  • 2018: invited lecture at the Faculty of Philology, University of Lodz, Poland
  • 2017–2019: co-author of the Problem Categories of ePravopis: Slovenian Normative Guide
  • 2017–2019: co-editor and co-author of the ePravopis: Slovenian Normative Guide
  • 2017: author of the scientific monograph Stopenjsko besedotvorje (Na primeru glagolov čutnega zaznavanja) (The Multistage Word Formation (Case study of the Verbs of Sense Perception)), ZRC Publishing House
  • 2014: co-editor and co-author of the Dictionary of the Slovenian Standard Language, 2nd Edition
  • 2012: co-author of the Dictionary of New Slovenian Words
  • 2012: invited lecture at the Institute of the Slavonic Studies, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland
  • 2012: CEEPUS grant recipient, Faculty of Polish Studies, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland
  • 2011: CEEPUS grant recipient, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb and visiting researcher at The Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics
Friar Stanislav Škrabec Foundation grant (2009)
Research areas
Linguistics H350
Grammar, semantics, semiotics, syntax H352
Lexicology H353
Applied linguistics, foreign languages teaching, sociolinguistics H360
Baltic and Slavonic languages and literatures H590

Keywords
lexicography • word formation • semantics • polish linguistics • political correctness • orthography